Book Review: Maplecroft (The Borden Dispatches #1) by: Cherie Priest

Publisher: Roc

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: Lizzie Borden took an axe and gave her mother forty whacks; and when she saw what she had done, she gave her father forty-one....

The people of Fall River, Massachusetts, fear me. Perhaps rightfully so. I remain a suspect in the brutal deaths of my father and his second wife despite the verdict of innocence at my trial. With our inheritance, my sister, Emma, and I have taken up residence in Maplecroft, a mansion near the sea and far from gossip and scrutiny.

But it is not far enough from the affliction that possessed my parents. Their characters, their very souls, were consumed from within by something that left malevolent entities in their place. It originates from the ocean’s depths, plaguing the populace with tides of nightmares and madness.

This evil cannot hide from me. No matter what guise it assumes, I will be waiting for it. With an axe.

Review: Maplecroft is the home of Lizzie Andrew Borden and her sister, Emma, since the outcome of the trial in the murder of the Borden parents. While Emma is the scientist, Lizzie must physically deal with those changed by the same ailment which struck her father and his second wife. MAPLECROFT combines the legendary Lizzie Borden and the Chthonic mysteries. Lizzie stands, along with her axe, against the strangeness of the world. What Lizzie and Emma don’t realize is there is such a creature on a path directly to their doorstep. MAPLECROFT was well-written and is infused with an air of apprehension. The characters in MAPLECROFT are distinct, even if they aren’t always likeable. I do wish there was more of story showing Lizzie’s research aspects into the horrors, which would have been a welcome respite at times. All and all, MAPLECROFT is an interesting tale of how things are not always as they seem.

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